Houston Rockets guard Kevin Porter Jr. charged with assaulting girlfriend at Manhattan lodge


Porter, 23, is accused of hitting the lady a number of instances and placing his fingers round her neck, police mentioned.

Kevin Porter Jr.
Kevin Porter Jr. was charged with assaulting his girlfriend and arrested on Monday. Eric Christian Smith/AP Photograph, File

NEW YORK (AP) — Houston Rockets guard Kevin Porter Jr. was arrested Monday and charged with assault and strangulation after allegedly attacking his girlfriend at a New York Metropolis lodge.

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Porter, 23, is accused of hitting the lady a number of instances and placing his fingers round her neck, police mentioned. The girl, 26, was taken to a hospital with a lower to the fitting aspect of her face.

The incident occurred round 6:45 a.m. on the Millennium Hilton close to the United Nations in Manhattan, police mentioned.

Porter remained in police custody as of Monday afternoon. It wasn’t instantly identified if he had a lawyer who may communicate on his behalf. A message searching for remark was left for his agent.

In a press release, the Rockets mentioned: “We’re within the means of gathering info surrounding the matter involving Kevin Porter Jr. We’ve got no additional remark at the moment.”

Porter, a 2019 first-round draft decide, has performed 4 seasons within the NBA. Final 12 months, as he averaged 19.2 factors, 5.3 rebounds and 5.7 assists per sport, he signed a profitable four-year extension with the Rockets.

His profession, although, has been marred by off-court points.

In November 2020, whereas taking part in for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Porter was arrested after police mentioned they discovered a loaded handgun and marijuana in his automobile after a single-vehicle crash. Porter claimed he didn’t know the gun was there, and his costs have been finally dismissed.

The Cavaliers traded Porter to the Rockets a couple of months later after he reportedly blew up on the group’s common supervisor after discovering out that his locker had been moved to make room for a newly acquired participant.

In April 2021, the NBA fined Porter $50,000 for violating the league’s COVID-19 well being and security guidelines by visiting a Miami strip membership. In January 2022, the Rockets suspended Porter for a sport after then-coach Stephen Silas mentioned the participant had a “spirited debate” and “misplaced his mood” at halftime.